Snake Plants Care Guide

Snake Plant Care
Safe for Pets?
Toxic to Pets
Plant Size
Small
Sunlight Tolerance
Partial Sun
Suitable for
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Snake plants have grown in popularity, both as indoor and outdoor plants, in recent years due to their tolerance and their unique property of purifying the surrounding air. Snake plants make a great choice for first-time gardeners, especially if they don’t have the best track record of keeping to a schedule.

Popular Snake Plant Varieties

Snake plants actually come in many shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, there isn’t much difference between them as far as care level so your choice will largely depend on the plant’s appearance.

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Black Gold’

Black Gold Snake Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata is one of the most common types of snake plants with the black gold also being one of the more popular varieties. It has a striking appearance with its tall, sleek leaves edged in a beautiful gold color. It will be a great fit for any home and office spaces.

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Futura Robusta’

Futura Robusta

This sansevieria trifasciata doesn’t have as striking of an appearance as the black gold but it’s still beautiful nonetheless with its densely-packed dark green leaves. You can expect this plant to grow up to 24 inches and have a spread of up to 12 inches.

Sansevieria gracilis

Snake Plant Gracilis

The sansevieria gracilis varieties tend to be more ‘petite’ in appearance. The leaves of this plant don’t generally grow more than 18 inches in height. You may also notice that the colors of the leaves are more on the pale green end.

Sansevieria patens

Snake Plant Patens

This attractive succulent plant forms large rosettes that consist of short, arching leaves. This snake plant tends to be a slow-grower so it is a perfect fit for those who are seeking a houseplant that they can keep for many years to come with very little maintenance.

Tips on Snake Plant care

Snake plants are relatively easy to take care of but it doesn’t hurt to know the following tips to keep your snake plant healthy for many years to come.

1. Take extra care not to over-water the snake plant. Standing water inside the pot can encourage the development of plant diseases like root rot, which is pretty much a ‘game over’ for plants, especially at an advanced stage. We suggest using succulent mix for adequate soil drainage.

2. Succulents, even when indoors, are vulnerable to a number of pests that can cause unforgiving damages to a plant. Spider mites, for example, may feed off the snake plant’s sap. Should you find yourself in such a situation, we encourage you to try pesticide-free methods to get rid of the pests. For example, something as simple as spraying the plant foliage with water could be enough to get rid of mites and other tiny insects.

3. Aside from improper watering, another common cause that makes snake plants wilt is too much sunlight. It’s important that you place the snake plants in a room that receives indirect sunlight. The plant can get affected by conditions like sunburn if it’s in the path of direct sunlight for an extended period of time.

4. Unfortunately, snake plants are toxic to dogs and cats so do not have them at home if you have pets. Animals that ingest even a tiny amount of snake plant may potentially experience symptoms like nausea and diarrhea.

Common Questions About Snake Plants

How Much Light do Snake Plants Need?

The ideal sunlight condition for snake plants is partial and indirect light conditions. In some cases, spider plants may also handle shaded conditions relatively well.

Do Snake Plants Attract Snakes?

Snake plants got their name not because they attract snakes, but because of the shape of their leaves. Snake plants have long, sharp leaves that stand straight into the air. Over time, some of these leaves can start to grow pretty tall and eventually resemble the shape of a green snake.

Are Snake Plants Dangerous?

Yes, snake plants contain substances (specifically saponins) that are considered toxic, especially to pets, so they should never be grown in households with dogs, cats, and other pets. Dogs or cats that accidentally ingest parts of a snake plant may start to display symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.